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03-30-2008, 05:21 PM   #1
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FA 80-320 Pentax lens

Hi Folks.
I found this lens on EEKBAY for $225.00 and frankly from what I have seen so far, it is pretty good.....





















03-30-2008, 06:26 PM   #2
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As my only AF lens and (technically) longest lens, I'd have to agree that it's not bad indeed. If people use the long end more often, it would be wise to put more money into a lens.

For $150 (what I paid), it does the job. Would have been nice to get a black one, but whatever...
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Congrats Javier, the 80-320 is a fine lens, the best telezoom in the FA (no star) series. It is also quite rare, as most current owners don't want to part with theirs. Your pictures illustrate very well the qualities of this lens: nice colors, good contrast, sharp images, little chromatic aberrations.

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QuoteOriginally posted by ryan s Quote
For $150 (what I paid), it does the job. Would have been nice to get a black one, but whatever...
The silver version is supposed to be the better version.

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I also have a FA 80-320mm. I am quite happy with the lens, and your shots nicely demonstrate what a great lens it is.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Abbazz Quote
Congrats Javier, the 80-320 is a fine lens, the best telezoom in the FA (no star) series. It is also quite rare, as most current owners don't want to part with theirs. Your pictures illustrate very well the qualities of this lens: nice colors, good contrast, sharp images, little chromatic aberrations.

Cheers!

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I dumped mine in favour of the SA50-200 for the following reasons:

1. Too long when fully extended. The reason why its called the "Paparazzi Lens" though I think that honorific applies specially to the gold painted version (eeeeek!)
2. Suffers quite badly from zoom creep.
3. Is soft from 250mm onwards, no matter how much you stop it down.
4. Quite average build quality, means that elements can or not be in alignment depending on how much it was knocked around.

But it is the best consumer FA zoom in the 100-300mm range, and is better than both 100-300mm FA versions.

No sellers remorse whatsoever - I am glad I kept the SA50-200.
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I saw another one sell on e bay today for $150.00 bucks, but I do n ot feel bad in anyway paying what I paid. It also seems to working well with all my TC's so only a shooting day will tell me for sure. I am thinking about going out tomorrow to one of the local ponds to test it.
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Javier,
I picked one up a couple months ago and I am really impressed with it. It is quite small for its reach and low cost used. Since I use digital, I was able to install a 58-52 step down ring and use my existing filters etc.

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I'm looking for a lens in the 300mm range, so it's nice for me to see these photos. Looks like it is a decent performer to me!

BTW I really like the close up shot of the Jesus with the children statue, nice job.
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QuoteOriginally posted by selar Quote
The silver version is supposed to be the better version.
I wasn't aware that there was a difference due to the color of the barrel
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Folks,
Thanks for all the comments. I too did not know there was a difference in performance due to color. Infact, I did not even know there was black ones.
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I have a good opinion of this lens in the siver version as well. It was the first lens I purchased with my k10d last April and I have used it extensively at college soccer games for two seasons now. It is always in my bag when traveling.
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I have a silver one, but I don't believe there are any differences in this lens with respect to color. The lens is a very good performer, but it does suffer a bit at the longest reach. The only other aspect I don't like is that it rotates the front element as you focus -- makes it harder to use a polarizer or ND filter.

Folks on DPR sometimes call it the "Bejersey zoom" because of the efforts of an avid owner of this lens. He used to shoot _everything_ with his beloved FA 80-320. He ultimately moved on to another system. (Indeed, he is somewhat of a vagabond, moving from camera system to camera system seemingly at random. But a good guy and an enthusiastic poster.)
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QuoteOriginally posted by jbarnhart Quote
Folks on DPR sometimes call it the "Bejersey zoom" because of the efforts of an avid owner of this lens.
I scratched my head in vain trying to remember that name, thanks for reminding me.

Bejersky zoom and Paparazzi zoom are two names for this lens. Now which other lens actually has not one, but two nicknames?
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I bought a rubber screw on hood for mine yesterday and it seemed to have helped.
I will post picks of it when I get home tonight.
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